When installing my Dell with Windows XP I just frequently got an error
message of Error code 4 could any one be having a solution tried
putting a different cd - rom drive seen a few changes but still can't
get to the solution I still can not complete my Windows XP installation
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Re: winXP installation error
This problem can start when you have a ram problem or the drive is about to crash.
take ram out & clean the golden edge both sides with rubbing alcohol or a pencil rubber.replace the ram
when you start the install again, do not use the partition that is on the drive now ,go for format and set up new partition,windows will check the hard drive for errors before it starts to install,
hope this helps you
good luck let me know how you go
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Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or not recognized by Windows or other programs, so you cannot play or access a CD or DVD. This issue might have occurred after you installed, uninstalled, or updated a program or Windows Vista.
This issue may have occurred after one of the following situations:
You upgrade a computer to Windows Vista or install Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
You install or uninstall CD or DVD recording programs.
You uninstall Microsoft Digital Image.
You may see one of the following error messages:
One of the following error messages appears when you view the CD drive or the DVD drive in Device Manager.
Error message 1
The device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device (Code 31). Error message 2
A driver for this device was not required, and has been disabled (Code 32 or Code 31). Error message 3
Your registry might be corrupted. (Code 19)
An "error code 39" error message.
A message that resembles the following appears in the notification area:
Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)
you can find this information and more at this site..
Use Kaspersky internet security 2009 and Malwarebytes google these downloads if possible and do full Scans,You can also hook your hard drive up to another pc w/ these to progs and do complete scans that way.
1. Boot from the CD and start the installer 2. Choose to install onto the already formatted partition with the unbootable Windows, but opt to leave the existing filesystem and any other OSes alone. Choosing this will require you to create another folder for Windows to avoid writing over the existing installation. I usually call the new folder "WINXP." 3. Install Windows as you would normally, you'll need a Product Key but you can actually use your personal key on someone else's computer with no danger to you losing it or being accused of piracy, I'll explain this later. 4. Boot the NEW Windows XP install. Do not "Activate" or "register," you're going to be deleting this copy of Windows from the machine if all goes well. 5. Edit the BOOT.INI on the hard drive from the original installation of Windows with the corrupted HAL. This file should be in C:\ (may be hidden) Sample BOOT.INI for XP Pro
Microsoft wrote:[boot loader] timeout=10 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
6. Go to C:\WINXP\system32\hal.dll (where "WINXP" is the folder you installed the second copy of Windows XP) and copy it from the new Windows to C:\WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll (or wherever you installed Windows XP originally, I use "WINDOWS" but some people use strange folder names for their XP) and overwrite any file there. The new hal.dll is uncorrupt and newly regenerated. The file is specific to each machine's hardware configuration and we needed to rebuild it. The installer did that for us with the new installation. 7. Try rebooting your computer to see if you can get into your OLD Windows installation. If you can, congratulations! 8. DELETE the "WINXP" folder (or wherever you put your new Windows install).
Try a Repair Install with your WinXP Bootable CD.
If Repair option fails you will have to do a Clean Reinstall of WinXP as a last resort. Some details: 1. Boot with your WinXP CD 2.At the "Welcome To Setup" screen, Choose the option: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.DO NOT choose !!!!To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.IGNORE To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3 3. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
4.Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
If Repair is not one of the options, under the Circumstances you are in the next option will be Clean install
5. I this does not work it might be your memory --download and burn to cd memtest (http://www.memtest86.com/) and test your memory for errors.
Most chances is that the problem is with your WINXP disk. Try to tell me which bluescreen error you get (a Stop error, a Swap error, a Communications error etc...) It should tell on the bottom of the error
Hello, 1. What the motherboard you had been using 2. Whats the HDD
Check that your motherboard supports the higher HDD Upto 80GB HDD Windows can load the XP with servicepack 1 But after 80GB HDD supports the WIN XP with service pack 2 CD only. Try to install with the winxp having above sp1.
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i have had the same problem when the hard drive was about to die or the ram is faulty
take ram out and clean gold edges with rubbing alcohol or a pencil eraser,
insert ram, if you have more than one chip try one at a time as one may be failing, ie (a bad spot on the chip and only stops the install when it gets to that location on the ram chip)
when you are running the install ,windows will ask you if you want to use the partitions on the drive
,say no and delete select partition ,this will format the hard drive and set a new one up,if the drive has problems it should show up then.